Clooney’s mom reveals gender of actor’s twins

George and Amal Clooney pose during the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in this file photo. (AP)
Updated 17 February 2017
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Clooney’s mom reveals gender of actor’s twins

NEW YORK: George Clooney’s mom is extremely excited to become a grandma again. Nina Clooney is so excited that she revealed the sexes of her son and wife Amal Clooney’s twins, reports Eonline.
“It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That’s what I’ve been told,” George’s mother told Vogue magazine.
“How marvelous!” she added. My husband and I are extremely excited.”
The 39-year-old Lebanese-British human rights lawyer and 55-year-old Hollywood star tied the knot in Venice in 2014.
George is very happy and the couple are taking every possible care, said a friend.
Amal’s clients include former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
After her wedding, she threw her legal clout and celebrity behind a series of high-profile cases including Britain’s possible restitution of the Elgin Marbles to Greece.
She defended Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy after he was jailed in Egypt and was part of the legal team for former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed following his toppling in 2012.
She has also defended the cause of young Yazidi women who were abused by Daesh militants.
Amal was born in Lebanon before her family moved to Britain when she was 3 years old.
Actor, director and producer George was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, before his role in hit television series “ER” propelled him to international stardom.
The couple dismissed speculation about Amal’s pregnancy in August, and the two were in the spotlight again in December when media claimed they were splitting over George’s supposed opposition to having children.
George had reportedly said kids were not on his list of priorities in 2015, but later clarified that “he and Amal did want to have children but that they were taking their time ... before taking that step.”
— with inputs from AFP


Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

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Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

JEDDAH: Singers Abadi Al-Johar, from Saudi Arabia, and Waleed Al- Shami, from Iraq, were a hit at their first concerts in front of families at King Abdullah Economic City on Friday.
Al-Johar, 64, is a musician, singer and composer. One of the most popular Khaleeji singers in the Gulf, he has composed around 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1968. He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah because of his unmatchable Oud playing.
The Saudi singer is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. He won a number of awards including an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts in Egypt, Best Khaleeji Musician Award from Egypt and the Golden Oud from Rotana.
Al-Shami, 46, is an Iraqi singer and composer who began his musical career in 1999 and has composed four albums.
His career took off after the success of his first album “Musiba” in 2008.
First to perform at the venue was Al-Shami. He sang hit songs such as “Sadmah,” “Eshtaqt Lak,” “Majnouni,” “Ahebah Kolesh” and his most popular song “Hala Hala.”
On stage, he thanked the General Entertainment Authority and BluePlan Media for providing the concert to the public.
“I hope it is not the last time we meet. We must repeat this, here, Riyadh and the Eastern Province. That is a promise,” he said.
Following Al-Shami’s performance, Al-Johar sang hit songs such as “Khalas Erjaa,” “El Mazhareya,” “Khayarteni,” “Daqayeq” and “Hobbak Samaa.”
During his performance, the Saudi legend said: “I am delighted by your presence, I will sing any song you want me to.”
Television presenter Kholud Alnimer attended the concert. “It is very crowded, that means there is a lot of love for these singers,” he told Arab News.
The audience was overjoyed with the music of Waled Al Shami and Abadi Al-Johar.
“It is great to see a Khaleeji concert for the first time in front of families, and it has been done very professionally — looking forward to more.” Nadeem bin Talal, a fan, told Arab News.